Do I need to pay my fine for a $500 fine for petty theft? 2 Answers as of May 04, 2017

I got fined on January 30, 2017 for $500. This is my first offense. A lot of my friends or friends of friends got caught shoplifting and got fined $400-$600 but never paid the fine and never got arrested even after their court date.

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Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
Depending on the nature of the fine, one of 2 things will happen: (1) a bench warrant will be issued for your arrest, or (2) the fine will be sent to collections and the county will try to collect it with interest.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/4/2017
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Instead of worrying about the fine, you need to focus your attention on how you can avoid being convicted. Petty theft is a crime of moral turpitude, and if convicted it will really hurt your school/employment aspirations. You should talk to a lawyer, who may be able to work out a deal with the Judge whereby you can earn yourself a dismissal.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/4/2017
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